In Superior, a downtown farmers’ market is held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library parking lot, 1530 Tower Ave. An even bigger market with about 16 different vendors sets up on Barker’s Island every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Wentworth Gardens, 4474 S. Wentworth Road, hosts a weekly market from 2:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays.
A new Iron River Farmers’ Market was launched this month by Ray Kangas. It is set up from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays along Railroad Street across from the old feed mill.
“I buy fresh all the time,” Kangas said, just like his cooking hero, Emeril Lagasse. The market will be held every Tuesday through October, and Kangas said it should get bigger as the summer progresses. Anyone interested in adding their produce to the event can call Kangas at 866-583-9083.
Bayside Baptist Church is opening their gardens up to members of the community who want to pick their own fresh produce. At 11:30 a.m. Sundays and between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, anyone can drop by the church, 3915 N. 16th St., to take part in this free “farmers’ market.” The church put in 10 community garden plots this spring and invited Billings Park neighbors to use them.
“We wanted to do something that could reach out to and bless and provide kind of a unique opportunity for the community,” said Mark Pavola, a pastor at Bayside Baptist. “It allows us to get to know our neighbors a little better.”
Although five plots are being farmed by families, the church has five additional plots filled with fresh, growing produce to share.
“The garden is producing like crazy,” said Mark Pavola, pastor, and church members want to continue their outreach by giving it away to others.